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Thanksgiving to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales from Typhoid

  • Object:

    Model

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1872 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster

  • Museum number:

    A.149-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This roundel is a model for the commemorative medal to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales from Typhoid, and is made by George Gammon Adams.

George Gammon Adams (b. 1821-1898) was a portrait sculptor and medallist. He designed and exhibited prize medals for the Great Exhibition. In 1852 he was chosen to model the death mask of Wellington. One of his public monuments is the 'Napier' statue in Trafalgar square.

The roundel was among the items given to the Museum by I. D. Adams, the daughter of George Gammon Adams, in 1980. In total, 196 items were included in the Adams gift, which consisted of many models for medals as well as the busts and figurative sculpture. In most instances it is not possible to date conclusively the many models included in this gift.

Physical description

Britannia presents the Prince of Wales to an angel standing on a plinth carrying a cross. In the background behind the Prince are a group of relatives, possibly including Queen Victoria, and a view of St. Paul's. The Prince of Wales kneels bare-headed, his coronet with Prince of Wales feathers is beside him, in front of the seated figure of Britannia. Behind Britannia is a female personification of the City of London.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1872 (made)

Artist/maker

Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster

Dimensions

Diameter: 17 cm, Depth: 1.9 cm

Object history note

Given by Miss I.D. Adams, daughter of George Gammon Adams in 1980.

Descriptive line

Roundel, model for a medal, plaster, Thanksgiving to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales from Typhoid, by George Gammon Adams, English, 1872

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Welch, Numismata Londinensia, London, 1894, pp. 89-92

Subjects depicted

Cross; Angel

Categories

Sculpture; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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